Where’s the Money for Women’s Groups?

Never before have issues like girls' education and empowerment gotten so much attention. Yet, this hasn't necessarily translated into an increase in funding for many of the groups doing this critical work.

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It’s More of the Same From the Vatican

In a provocative statement, Pope Francis said Catholics should not think they have to breed "like rabbits."

On International Day of the Girl, Hear Girls’ Call to Action

“Some day, they will say this was the moment when the world woke up to my potential…this is the moment when being a girl became my strength, my sanctuary, not my pain.” These are the words of the Girl Declaration, a powerful statement written by adolescent girls who are living in poverty around the…

Montevideo Consensus Offers a Bold and Progressive Vision for Women and Youth

Signed by 38 countries, the Montevideo Consensus is the most forward-looking document on sexual and reproductive health and rights ever agreed to at any diplomatic negotiation.

What Will the Pope’s Visit Mean for Women and Young People in Brazil?

Pope Francis’s visit to Brazil this week comes amid mass protests against wasteful government spending and social inequality. The high price tag of the papal visit has already drawn criticism from protesters (security for the pope is estimated at more than $50 million). What remains to be seen is whether the pope will…

An Irresistible Force for Women’s Rights

After two weeks of fierce negotiations at the United Nations' annual Commission on the Status of Women, on March 15 more than 130 governments committed to ending violence against women and girls, and reached strong agreements to promote gender equality and ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Women’s Rights Activists Welcome UN Agreements on Ending Violence Against Women

  • March 15, 2013

Government leaders at the United Nations reached a landmark agreement that victims of violence must have access to safe and affordable health care services, including sexual and reproductive health services such as emergency contraception and safe abortion.

Women’s Groups Call for Global Action to End Violence Against Women

  • February 28, 2013

“Violence against women and girls is a deadly epidemic that continues to be fueled by gender inequality in every part of the world,” said Françoise Girard, President of the International Women’s Health Coalition. “There is no magic cure for ending violence against women. We need a holistic approach that includes promoting gender equality and providing survivors of rape with emergency contraception and safe abortion.”

Double Jeopardy for Rape Victims in Peru

An estimated 35,000 pregnancies occur every year in Peru as a result of rape. Women and girls are faced with two options: seek an illegal abortion and risk going to jail or carry the pregnancy to term.

A Fall Message from IWHC's President

The fall is in full swing and so are we at the International Women’s Health Coalition! We continue to push the U.S. Government to take greater, concerted, and strategic action to prevent the early and forced marriage of millions of girls in key countries and to support the more than 60…